Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

Education Correspondent

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I focus stories on college students who are at a crossroads, particularly those on the first rung into higher education. Many of those students are trying to overcome academic and other challenges because they believe college will be the path to a better life. How do the people around them -- in their personal lives and at the institutions they attend -- help or hinder their success?

Stories by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez

California suspension rates way down, study finds

California recorded 709,580 suspensions in the 2011-2012 academic year. Two years later that number declined nearly a third.

LAUSD charter expansion worries charter school supporters

Heads of three major California nonprofits called for more analysis of a plan to double the number of charter schools in Los Angeles.

LAUSD wants superintendent who's been teacher, principal

The Los Angeles Unified school board specified what it wants to see in candidates for superintendent who it plans to interview next month.

LAUSD graduation rates rise after exit exam is eliminated

Los Angeles Unified released school-by-school graduation rates Monday. Look up the rate for your child's high school.

At CSU trustees meeting, money to be a hot topic inside and outside

While California State University trustees take up a proposal this week to seek millions more from lawmakers, faculty members plan to rally outside for higher salaries.

Broad Foundation defends LA charter school expansion plan

Organization expects the plan to cost $490 million to staff new charter schools, find sites, and round up support from the region's political leadership.

LAUSD's dire financial future aired as board considers impact of charters

Los Angeles Unified lost about 100,000 students in the last six years, leading to a decline in state funding based on student counts. Half of the decline has been attributed to charter schools.

LAUSD board to review report warning of approaching bankruptcy

For Los Angeles Unified to avoid bankruptcy, the panel recommends renegotiating employee benefits, increasing student attendance, and offering early retirement, among other actions.

Former students may qualify for diplomas, but outreach spotty

Former high school students who didn't graduate because they didn't pass the state exit exam may now qualify for a high school diploma — if they learn about it.

Settlement reached in CA lawsuit over 'fake' public school classes

Students who attended six schools in Los Angeles, Compton and Oakland had been assigned to classes that lacked academic value or they were sent home.

Possible candidates emerge in LAUSD superintendent search

Observers see the superintendents in San Francisco, Fresno, Pomona and Fremont as potential candidates in the search for Los Angeles Unified's next superintendent.

LAUSD fires controversial lawyer again over statements

Los Angeles Unified had said lawyer W. Keith Wyatt would not be given any more district legal work. He was rehired a few months later, and fired again this month.

LAUSD board rejects committee to vet superintendent candidates

A proposal pushed by Los Angeles community groups for a committee to interview LAUSD superintendent applicants was voted down.

Q&A: Inside the search for the next LAUSD superintendent

The man who heads the hunt for the next L.A. Unified superintendent says the size of the 650,000-student school district and its high-profile search are adding to the challenge of finding a new leader.

LA mayor says look to the past in search for next LAUSD superintendent

Mayor Eric Garcetti is among the civic leaders sharing opinions on what they'd like to see in the next Los Angeles Unified superintendent.